Upcoming Bay Area political events

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will headline a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Franklin Square Wine Bar, 2212 Broadway in Oakland. $25 gets you in the door and puts a wine glass in your hand, but organizers say you should “bring a checkbook.” Other speakers include San Francisco attorney Brian Ferrall, a law-school buddy of Obama’s; Peralta Community College District board member Abel Guillen; and Facebook Causes CEO Joe Green.

Attorney, author and activist Christine Pelosi – daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco – will speak to the Lamorinda Democratic Club about the upcoming elections at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way; admission costs $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, but students enter for free. Call 925-210-7337 for more information.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is holding his 45th “Congress At Your Corner” constituent meet-and-greet from 2 to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Cold Stone Creamery, 349 Main St. in Pleasanton.

The Alameda County Republican Party seeks volunteers to phone-bank for John McCain and other GOP candidates from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Election Day at its San Leandro headquarters, 1039 MacArthur Blvd., and its Pleasanton campaign office, 4637 Chabot Dr. Suite 102. Contact Ryan Hatcher at ryan@alamedagop.org or 510-638-3414 to RSVP.

The Commonwealth Club of California is about to kick off its “Decision ’08” series of events, inviting advisers to Barack Obama and John McCain to come discuss issues that affect voters closest to home. The first event will be at 6 p.m. (after a 5:30 p.m. wine-and-cheese reception) next Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco, focusing on health care: Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Daniel Kessler, a McCain surrogate, will face off against UCLA Center for Health Policy Research director E. Richard Brown, an Obama adviser, in a forum moderated by KCBS 740 AM reporter Doug Sovern; it’s free for club members and non-members alike. An international security event is scheduled for Oct. 14, and a forum on the economy is scheduled for Oct. 16; those won’t be free.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.